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Old 08-03-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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A wonderful secret

I was just reading this article at

A few hundred years back, during a period of famine in Europe, one of the rulers there knew the solution to bring an end to the famine; the almighty spud.
Realizing that the potato was a little-known food product, he suspected that the ignorant "peasants" would look at the potato with suspicion and fear, and ultimately, would probably want nothing to do with it.

So he had potatoes planted in a field, and he had the field "guarded" by soldiers.
An action which intrigued the peasants to the point that the peasants assumed that if, whatever was planted in that field was guarded by soldiers, then it must be valuable, and the peasants began stealing the spud, and eating it and growing it, and thus the famine ended.

I wonder if we, Linux users, shouldn't adopt a similar attitude toward our beloved OS.
Instead of making efforts to promote it, maybe we should "behave" as if we were the fortunate holders of a wonderful secret, and pretend we just want to keep it to ourselves.

Maybe then the ignorant masses might become intrigued with what we're "trying" to keep a secret...
Old 08-03-2003, 06:50 PM   #2
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You mean that's not the way it's happening already?

Old 08-03-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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lol, great idea...we could start by giving false information on this forum. compiling the kernel is awesome!! just become superuser and type "rm -rf /" but then everyone would hate linux so...

i'm just amused at the impracticality of getting the many linux users out there to make linux a secret, but the story was quite amusing and interesting, and might work on a smaller scale.
Old 08-03-2003, 07:14 PM   #4
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I know this, We need to get some Fresh Creative Minds to submit New stuff to the stuff there is getting stale and most of it is just re-hashed and re-packaged to look new and improved. this blue, aqua, crystal, liquid stuff is BORING. LOL
I'm working on some different splash screens to submit there, Maybe some of you out there can add to the new flavor that needs to be invented to make KDE more different and interesting.
Old 08-31-2003, 08:27 AM   #5
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i think wat 320mb says is the correct thing to do than to follow on the footsteps of the story.

but anyways the story made an interesting reading
Old 08-31-2003, 12:12 PM   #6
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I wonder if we, Linux users, shouldn't adopt a similar attitude toward our beloved OS.
Oddly enough, Microsoft advocates the idea of burying all your Linux CDs also.


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